Another win and the Spurs go marching on. Tottenham have played their much-vaunted game in hand drawing level on points with Manchester United with an identical win-loss-draw record. Yet despite being three points off the top 20 games into the season you’d do well to find many people who consider the Lilywhites genuine title contenders. Would a few additions change people’s minds?
The manager’s said that Spurs are going to have an uncharacteristically quiet transfer window. Nobody would be surprised if that was a smoke screen so if you’re reading Harry and the chairman says you can have three players to help you win the league you could do worse than picking…
Until they change the rules and allow Spurs to swap Ledley for two men the King will never be adequately replaced. His increased durability has been a revelation this season but isn’t anything anyone at Spurs can take for granted. Also the 34-year-old William Gallas has played less than ten games so far this season in all competitions.
Last night we had no King or Gallas and at their age and stage of their career we’re only going to get diminishing returns out of them. Usually when we’re tight at the back one of these two is on the pitch as the senior partner. Kaboul and Dawson were solid last night but one of them next to a senior defender is a much healthier proposition.
Samba has what it takes to be that sort of leader. He was made captain for Blackburn’s survival push last season and is the team captain this term. The fact that he’s rarely injured also helps having had five consecutive 30+ appearance seasons for Rovers.
In football terms he has the attributes of that Judas who left the Lane just over a decade ago. He’s big, powerful with decent pace, is an absolute b*stard for a header and a major presence in both boxes. With the number of question marks over the current fitness of our central defenders bringing in Samba would be the ideal January sigining, a quick fix masquerading as a long term solution.
Remy would be the ideal candidate to snap up some of these chances. Scorer of 19 goals last season and ten so far this term Remy has been a revelation for France this season netting three in six including a couple of game winners
Spurs have a few ‘difference makers’ in attacking positions but you could always do with more. Able to play on either wing as a support striker or a traditional number nine Remy has all the tools necessary to play in any front formation Tottenham chose to employ. Strong in the air and capable of making something out of nothing Loic’s versatility means he provides instant cover for any of our creative talents. And you’d expect him to get plenty of opportunities.
Van der Vaart plays about four halves every three games, Lennon has had a spell out and Bale will need a rest at some point. But I don’t want Remy as a utility man. He’s an international class goal getter and having someone else in the squad who knows where the goal is vital. Going into the New Year Tottenham were in the top two in the Premier League in creating chances many of which went begging.
Remy would be the ideal candidate to snap up some of these chances. Scorer of 19 goals last season and ten so far this term Remy has been a revelation for France this season netting three in six including a couple of game winners. It’s that sort of bravery in front of goal that could help Tottenham readdress the +11 goal difference that Man united currently have over us.
The two above are realistic targets for Spurs this January, however the third is a bit of wishful thinking. It’s the big fella who plays at Chelsea. Not Didier Drogba, Romelu Lukaku. Our most vulnerable position is central striker. Adebayor is the only front man we have that can play the way he does. For the cover we need I was tempted to suggest Moussa Sow, Alvaro Negredo or Seydou Doumbia but they’d rightly demand first team football immediately. We need someone who would be good enough when given the chance but realistic enough to know he won’t play every game. The 18-year-old Lukaku fits that bill. His 16 league goals in Belgium last season point to the talent the lad has and I truly believe he will be the next great Premier League striker. What he needs at this stage of his career is to be on the cusp of the first team without a crippling amount of expectation. As striking cover that’s exactly what he’d get at Spurs in a deal that would suit both parties. Although he’s been massively under used I can’t see the Pensioners moving him on to us. But with their bat sh*t mental owner and teenage manager you never know so why not put in a bid?
With a rock at the back, a magician in attack and cover up front Tottenham could go on to have a truly special season. Most of these elements already exist in our squad but with these additions we’d have these attributes in spades.
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